What does career mean?

Definitions for career

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word career.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. career, calling, vocationnoun

    the particular occupation for which you are trained

  2. career, life historyverb

    the general progression of your working or professional life

    "the general had had a distinguished career"; "he had a long career in the law"

  3. careerverb

    move headlong at high speed

    "The cars careered down the road"; "The mob careered through the streets"


  1. careernoun

    One's calling in life; a person's occupation; one's profession.

  2. careernoun

    An individual's work and life roles over their lifespan.

  3. careernoun


  4. careernoun

    A jouster's path during a joust.

  5. careernoun

    A short gallop of a horse.

  6. careerverb

    To move rapidly straight ahead, especially in an uncontrolled way.

    The car careered down the road, missed the curve, and went through a hedge.

  7. Etymology: Mid 16th century, from carrière (a road or racecourse), from carriera, from carreira, from carraria based on carrus 'wheeled vehicle'. Or from carriere, from Old Provençal/Occitan carriera ("road"), from carraria.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAREERnoun

    Etymology: carriere, Fr.

    They had run themselves too far out of breath, to go back again the same career. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    What rein can hold licentious wickedness,
    When down the hill he holds his fierce career? William Shakespeare.

    It is related of certain Indians, that they are able, when a horse is running in his full career, to stand upright on his back. John Wilkins, Mathematical Magick.

    Practise them now to curb the turning steed,
    Mocking the foe; now to his rapid speed
    To give the rein, and, in the full career,
    To draw the certain sword, or send the pointed spear. Matthew Prior.

    Shall quips and sentences, and these paper bullets of the brain, awe a man from the career of his humour? William Shakespeare, Much ado about Nothing.

    The heir of a blasted family has rose up, and promised fair, and yet, at length, a cross event has certainly met and stopt him in the career of his fortune. South.

    Knights in knightly deeds should persevere,
    And still continue what at first they were;
    Continue, and proceed in honour’s fair career. Dryden.

  2. To Careerverb

    Running with swift motion.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    With eyes, the wheels
    Of beryl, and careering fires between. Parad. Lost, b. vi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Careernoun

    a race course: the ground run over

  2. Careernoun

    a running; full speed; a rapid course

  3. Careernoun

    general course of action or conduct in life, or in a particular part or calling in life, or in some special undertaking; usually applied to course or conduct which is of a public character; as, Washington's career as a soldier

  4. Careernoun

    the flight of a hawk

  5. Careerverb

    to move or run rapidly

  6. Etymology: [F. carrire race course, high road, street, fr. L. carrus wagon. See Car.]


  1. Career

    Career describes an individuals' journey through learning, work and other aspects of life. There are a number of ways to define a career and the term is used in a variety of ways.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Career

    ka-rēr′, n. a racecourse: a race: course of action: manner of life; v.i. to gallop: to move or run rapidly. [Fr. carrière, a racecourse. See Car.]

Editors Contribution

  1. career

    A specific form of employment.

    Her career was very exciting.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 7, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'career' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1301

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'career' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3331

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'career' in Nouns Frequency: #484

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of career in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of career in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of career in a Sentence

  1. Aroldis Chapman:

    To be honest, I never thought about it, at the beginning I wasn't even a closer, but as you go on with your career there are certain goals that come and you get to reach. I'm very happy.

  2. Brittany Barnett:

    Typically, the way it works is the clemency petition goes through multiple levels of review within the Department of Justice before it gets to The White House, before it lands on the president's desk. And that part should just be completely transformed, there should be no way under the universe that clemency petition should go through the Department of Justice at all( because) you are asking career prosecutors to overturn their own decisions. And so there's a way to make the clemency process much more efficient than it is now.

  3. Elzear Blaze, La Vie Militaire:

    In the career of glory one gains many things; the gout and medals, a pension and rheumatism....And also frozen feet, an arm or leg the less, a bullet lodged between two bones which the surgeon cannot extract....all of these fatigues experienced in your youth, you pay for when you grow old. Because one has suffered in years gone by, it is necessary to suffer more, which does not seem exactly fair.

  4. Howard University:

    Throughout Kamala Harris career, the vice president-elect has carried Kamala Harris Howard education with Kamala Harris, ensuring that Kamala Harris adhere to truth and service and inspiring Kamala Harris to achieve unprecedented levels of excellence.

  5. Tim McGraw:

    I got out of it for a while, i was in the prime of my career, and I wasn't capitalizing on it.

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    pass through the tissue or substance or its pores or interstices, as of gas
    • A. scarper
    • B. abase
    • C. transpire
    • D. efface

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